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“the best way to experience Lago Maggiore” 5 of 5 stars
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Via Pirinoli 4, 21014 Laveno-Mombello, Italy   |  
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“the best way to experience Lago Maggiore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

A unique piece of earth! Majestic trees of an immense variety from many parts of the world, space in abundance to walk, to rest, to have a swim and to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Borromean islands and the shore behind when the sun sets. We stayed three nights and are grateful to the owners who passionately preserve this paradise for sharing it this way instead of commercially expoliting the potential of this piece of land. The service was excellent! It is a fantastic place to explore the Borromean islands, botanic gardens and other places close by.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Colorado
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

The Polidora is a beautifully renovated secondary building on a large estate that has been in the owner's family for generations. My family occupied all three rooms in the B&B while in Laveno-Mombello for a wedding, and could not have been happier with the entire experience. The gardens are magnificent with species of trees and flowers collected from around the world by the current owner's father and meticulously maintained. With the exception of the area immediately surrounding the owners residence, the entire estate, set on the shore of the lake, is available for use by the guests. The current owner, GianLuca Sarto, is a true gentlemen and went out of his way to be welcoming and helpful, even though there was a full time manager at the B&B. The rooms are bright and airy, and the view from the lake to the Alps is unforgettable. Take a bottle of Proseco, sit of the porch of the little stone building near the lake and watch the sun go down over the Alps. A unique experience never forgotten.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Oxford, England
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This understated B and B was so much more than we had expected when we arrived. It was a little tricky to find as there didn't seem to be any obvious sign in the gate but we did eventually get in. The rooms are very tastefully done and the breakfast was very nice but the grounds and gardens which are right on the shore of the lake are completely stunning- we only stayed one night but took so many photos as there was a different amazing view which ever way you looked.
A shame they didn't do evening meals as we didn't really want to leave to go out to eat! Also a shame that at the time we went (beginning of May) it was a little too chilly to swim in the lake. Great place to stop off driving down from France to Umbria.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walton on Thames
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this tranquil and spectacular setting. You can almost feel like James Bond as you stroll the botanical gardens prentending it is all yours with views of the Lake. The house is a nicely converted stables in the shadow of a beautiful villa. The room was spacious, breakfast excellent and close to Cerro, a sandy beach. A short drive from Laveno and 20 mins from Luino, busy port town with plenty of restaurants and character.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This B & B was really a fantastic find. It was recommended to us - but even after hearing the positive reviews before hand we were very pleasantly surprised. The grounds are simply stunning and the accommodation itself was spotlessly clean and breakfast was very pleasant (taken on the terrace to enjoy the amazing setting). We definitely hope to go back some day.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Polidora is a gem. The bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well equipped. Best of all though is the location with a beautiful garden on the shore of Maggiore, full of specimen species of pine collected by the owner and his forebears, who built the 19th C. family villa. There must be some 20 hectares of quiet well maintained garden and several hundred metres of private lakeside.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

This place is quite unbelievable. It has such a big access to the lake that is almost unbelievable. The garden is the true selling point of this place. The rooms are quite new, very clean and spacious. Service was very welcoming.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Additional Information about Polidora B&B

Address: Via Pirinoli 4, 21014 Laveno-Mombello, Italy
Location: Italy > Lombardy > Lake Maggiore > Laveno-Mombello
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Laveno-Mombello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A place for garden loversPolidora is a unique Bed and Breakfast on Lake Maggiore, in Italy. No other B&B can offer you the luxury of a large botanic garden to wander around, and almost one km of lake shore, with such views of the Alps.Only nine lucky guests fit this exclusive B&B, with two comfortable double rooms and one large family suite. Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy, on the south side of the Alps, and is the home of world famous botanic gardens, such as Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Isole di Brissago, Villa Taranto in Verbania, all a close reach from Polidora B&B. Polidora provides an ideal base from which to explore gardens, the lakes, Milan and the Alps, to enjoy Italian cuisine and to sample outdoor pursuits. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Polidora B&B Italy/Lake Maggiore - Laveno-Mombello

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